Ron Francis welcomed the idea of bringing back Chad LaRose when he talked to local media on Friday.
“I’d like to talk to him. He took a year off and obviously he’d need to earn his way back. There are some options. We could get him to camp on a tryout. He could start the season in Charlotte (AHL), show that he could still do it.”
Chad LaRose has suited up for 508 NHL regular season games and 39 NHL playoff games. LaRose tallied 180 regular season points and 12 playoff points in his 8-season NHL career.
At 5’10”, 181 lbs, Chad LaRose is known for his small stature. LaRose’s energy and work effort made him a fan favorite around the Raleigh area for years.
The undrafted free agent is accustomed to defying the odds, and he may just do it again as he hopes to return to the NHL after a one year hiatus.
Ron Francis said that the 32-year-old winger has several options. He can tryout in training camp or even start the season with the Charlotte checkers in the AHL and prove that he can play.
This isn’t a foreign situation for the Carolina Hurricanes. Jeff O’Neill attempted an NHL comeback in 2008 after taking a year off. He was 32 when he attempted his comeback, just like Chad LaRose.
Chad LaRose hasn’t played a game in the NHL since April 27, 2013.